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16 April 2014

Dating Deeds and Deed Dates

There may be several dates associated with the land record for your ancestor. Make certain you understand which is which and how they fit together:

  • Date of execution--the date the deed is signed.
  • Date of acknowledgement--the date the deed is acknowledged--usually in open court.
  • Date of recording--the date the deed is recorded.
Significant gaps may indicate something--or may just indicate your ancestor took a while to get things done. In some cases, there may not be a date of acknowledgement. 

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